Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm

The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

turino-santa-pkgeJoin us on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. when Kenneth C. Turino presents “The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England.”  This well-illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th Century New England through the beginning of the 21st Century when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. For many, the celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year.  But many of the customs which we take for granted as part of the current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history. The presentation will look at how Christmas was transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family centered event. Among the topics discussed are how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Clause came to town.


About the presenter: Kenneth C. Turino is Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the country. Mr. Turino oversees community engagement projects throughout the six New England states and is responsible for the traveling exhibitions program at Historic New England. Prior to coming to Historic New England, Mr. Turino was Executive Director of the Lynn Museum, an active local history museum in Lynn, Massachusetts. He has worked at a number of historic houses including the Paul Revere House in Boston and is a Trustee of the House of Seven Gables in Salem. He frequently consults on interpretive planning and community engagement projects at historic sites. These include the Nicholas House Museum, Boston, The Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, New Orleans, and most recently with Donna Harris on the future of the Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Ken holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching, Museum Education, from the George Washington University and is an adjunct professor in the Tufts University Museum Studies Program. There he teaches a course on the future of historic houses. Mr. Turino is on the Association for State and Local History’s Council and is a member of its’ Historic House Committee.  He has published several articles on the history of Christmas and speaks on the topic widely.


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